News from our churches

Trivia question

Which was the only continent not represented at the recent British Reformed Fellowship Conference held at Hebron Hall, Cardiff, in Wales? Answer later in this column.

Dordt 400 conference

The Theological School of the PRCA is sponsoring a three-day conference commemorating the great Synod of 1618-19, planned for April 25-27, 2019. Entitled “Dordt 400—Safe-guarding the Reformed Tradition,” the event will take place, Lord willing, at Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI. Learn more and enter the writing contest at dordt400.org.

Sister-church activities

The recent British Reformed Fellowship Conference rejoiced in 116 registered participants along with 11 day visitors. The weather was wonderful and many proclaimed it the best conference yet. The conference theme was “The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God.” The main speakers were Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, who gave three speeches each. All 11 presentations/speeches can be watched online on Covenant PRC’s YouTube channel and will soon be made into sets of CDs and DVDs, available for sale. The next conference is already being planned. Mark the dates of July 11-18, 2020 at the location of Castlewellan Castle in Northern Ireland. Sounds like a great family vacation!

Rev. Daniel Kleyn and his wife Sharon traveled from the Manila area of the Philippines to the Covenant ERC of Singapore to provide pulpit supply there while the CERC is vacant. Other pastors slated to supply the pul­pit there in the coming months are Revs. A. Spriensma, J. Holstege, A. denHartog, and Prof. R. Cammenga.

Minister activities

Rev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, considered the call to be minister-on- loan to the CERC in Singapore. On September 9, his decline of their call was announced.

Grandville, MI PRC announced a trio consisting of Rev. N. Decker (Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI), Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon, IA PRC), and Rev. E. Guichelaar (Randolph, WI PRC). On August 26 Grandville called Rev. Decker to be their next pastor.

Pastor-elect Jonathan Langerak sustained his Clas­sical examination at the meeting of Classis West on August 29 and was ordained and installed as pastor of Heritage PRC of Sioux Falls, SD on August 31. Rev. Langerak preached his inaugural sermon on September 2, using the text from Ezra 3:1-6, and the theme: “Wor­ship First for the Restored Remnant: A God-Focused Life.” We thank God for another faithful messenger of the Word! May God bless Rev. Langerak and the Heri­tage congregation under the preaching!

Young adult activities

Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates:

We have secured a location for our retreat during July 1-5, 2019! It will take place at Mt. Baker Bibleway Camp. Check it out at http://www.mtbakercamp.org/ home.do. We hope to include activities such as a day trip to beautiful Artist Point, white water rafting, and more. Registration is set to open in February 2019, so don’t miss out! We encourage any young adults post- high school age to attend. Further details have been posted to our Facebook page: Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019. Request an invite to see these details, or message the group if you have any questions!

Congregational activities

Southeast PRC recently sold her church building and anticipated worshiping in Adams Christian School beginning Sunday, September 9. A luncheon and short program was held Sunday, September 2, following the final worship service in the church. The new owners, Redemption Church, took possession of the property on September 15.

The congregation at Peace PRC of Dyer, IN began worshipping in their new facility on September 16, with a dedication planned for October 5.

Advance Notice: The Protestant Reformed Student Orchestra (PRSO) has scheduled its annual concert for Friday, February 8 at 7 p.m. Location is the St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids, MI. Hope to see you there!

First PRC of Holland, MI voted recently to approve the parking lot repair project. And a new sound system was to be installed in Southwest PRC.

Catechism season has begun in the Protestant Re­formed Churches. May God bless this endeavor as we strive to instruct the next generation in the truths of His Word!

Evangelism activities

The Evangelism Committee of Peace PRC sponsored a presentation by home missionary, Pastor Audred Spriensma, who spoke on “The Work of Home Missions: How We Have Done This Work; How We Are Continuing This Work.” The presentation was to be at the Lansing location. The Evangelism Committee also informed the congregation that it ordered a book (Behold, I Come Quickly) and a pamphlet (Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life) and that both would be found in their mailboxes.

Young people’s activities

Mum Sale: Fall is in the air, and Zion Young Peoples’ sold mums to help you with your fall decor! Two sizes were available in pink/lavender, purple, white, yellow, orange/bronze, and red. The mums were picked up on Monday, September 17 at Heritage Christian School.

Trivia answer

Africa was the only continent not represented at the British Reformed Fellowship Conference. Apart from those from the various parts of the British Isles, attendees flew in from Canada, the USA, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Singapore, and Australia! Wow! What a gathering!